Salt baked beetroot & roasted butternut squash

Baked Butternut squash

The best thing about growing your own vegetables I think is the exciting moment when you harvest perfect vegetables, sometimes because it needs to be picked and sometimes with a plan what to cook.   The long hot summer was great for some vegetables but it left some not getting enough water. The butternut squash has … Continue reading

Butternut squash and beetroot creme fraiche soup

Butternut squash soup

Few dishes are as versatile as soups. What is a soup? What is in it and how is it made? You can make a soup from scratch in about 10 minutes, and you can work on it through different processes and cook it for a long time. If you have a good broth you can … Continue reading

Happy Happy Holidays

Christmas turkey

I don’t know about you but I have to admit I was drawing a sigh of relief when Christmas was over. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun and filled with laughter, friends, food and a generous flow of wine, I love all of it but the build up was pretty full on. I almost, … Continue reading

Venison with cranberries & black pudding and potato pave

loin of Venison with Cranberries

Winter has arrived, I had the first freezing day at the market, the days are very short and there is a snow forecast for next week. I haven’t seen snow for four or five years so it would make a change.   Is it just me that feels as if the weeks are rushing past? … Continue reading

Prawn Curry and a temporary fridge break down

Deal Seafront

I was out for a walk the other morning and it was such an amazing day I had to stop everywhere and take photos! Not great from an exercise point of view but good for the soul! Already just after 7 am it was warm and the sun was gazing down, carrying the promise of … Continue reading

Summery roasted butternut squash

Feta cheese baked Butternut squash

We had a spell of summer lately and all our vegetables and herbs are growing like crazy. This might be the most exciting time of the year when we can finally start picking fresh produce even if it is just thinned out vegetables.   Looking at the garden made me want to cook something summery, … Continue reading

Bavette steak with beef jam and black pudding crumble

Steak with beef jam, black pudding crumble and savoy cabbage

I think steak is an iconic dish. Most everyone will have their own preference in cut and how it is cooked and what makes the perfect side dish. After going to Native, Covent Garden London I have been thinking about their venison jam. The Black Pig Butchers didn’t have any venison but I thought that … Continue reading

Chorizo, butternut squash, walnut and feta cheese ravioli

Chorizo butternut squash and feta cheese ravioli

Do you have a favorite pasta shape? Two of my favorites are tagliatelle or pappardelle pasta, long , wide strands of pasta with a lot of surface for the sauce to cling on to. Another favorite is ravioli. It is perfect little pasta parcels and they can be filled with yummy stuff, what is there … Continue reading

Smoked beef and butternut squash salad

Smoked beef salad

The other day I almost stumbled in a shop over a box of Christmas cards. I can’t be the only one who thinks it is just a tiny bit early? Saying that I am reminded every morning listening to the radio where they have a count down. The count down makes it sound so close … Continue reading

Cold smoked cheese and chilli and an Italian sausage casserole

cold smoking chiles

After the success of hot smoking pork belly in the Beast we wanted to cold smoke something. The first thing that came to mind, and in unison, was cheese. You can smoke pretty much any cheese and done right it adds a lovely, smokey flavour to the soft cheese.   Cheese for smoking    There … Continue reading